LA County Library offers computer and hotspot loans – NBC Los Angeles

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Los Angeles County residents who need a computer or Internet service can now borrow them, the LA County Library said on Tuesday.

The Laptop and Hotspot Lending Kit includes a Chromebook laptop and wireless hotspot, and is being offered at 10 sites through a pilot program. Additional slots will likely be added as the library system acquires more devices.

Library officials said the program would initially be offered in communities where 57% and 63% of households have internet subscriptions, meaning around 40% of the population does not have connectivity.

“The digital divide is having far-reaching consequences, especially during this unprecedented time,” Library Director Skye Patrick said in a statement.

“No internet connection means no way for the unemployed to find a job or participate in virtual interviews, no way for isolated elderly people to benefit from telehealth or to stay in touch with loved ones, no way for caregivers to access information for home schooling or meet the digital education needs of their children. “

The kits will be reserved for library card holders aged 18 and over, and they can be purchased for three weeks, just like a library book. Loans can also be renewed up to three times, as long as other library users have not suspended them.

When they are returned, the equipment is kept in “quarantine” for 96 hours as a security measure.

The library has also announced a print pickup service that will be available from all library locations offering curbside service. Library users can print up to 10 pages using the library wireless printing app – and collect them at the sidewalk service points.

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